Advanced Senior English | 2020-21

Advanced Senior English is for the college-bound senior who has successfully completed at least one AP English class or a dual-enrolled English class. You are a skillful writer, and you want to hone your edge as you prepare for college. With your high school journey coming to an end, you also want to enjoy the flexibility that homeschooling offers, so this asynchronous college-prep class has been planned with choice and relevance in mind.

COLLEGE APPS

College applications loom large for seniors in the fall, so you'll begin your year in Advanced Senior English reading two time-tested resources about the college admissions process and working on your college essays. Chances are good that you'll be applying to several different colleges and writing multiple essays—very likely a common app essay, school-specific essays, and maybe scholarship essays.

  • In the first six weeks of class, you will peruse sample application essays, briefly discussing their strengths and weaknesses with your classmates.

  • And as you dive in and begin planning and writing your own essays, you'll establish brainstorming, draft, and revision checkpoints for yourself.

  • Your instructor will be a planning resource for you--as well as a sounding board for fine-tuning improvements.
     

THE CHOICE IS YOURS
You and your classmates will then move on to choice-driven reading and a variety of writing. You will construct your own "bucket list" of books that you would like to read before you finish high school--choosing a book to fit within each of these fiction and non-fiction categories:

  • Non-Fiction

    • Biography or Memoir

    • Psychology or Sociology

    • Science or History

    • Current Issue

  •  Fiction

    • American or British Novel

    • World Literature Novel

    • Contemporary Novel

  •   Fiction or Non-Fiction

    • Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner/Finalist

You'll have the opportunity to dive in and choose your own reading list, and if you'd like a little bit of help, that will be offered. And while you and your classmates will be reading different books throughout the year, you'll be reading from the same category of books at any given time. There will be opportunities to briefly share and compare in online forums.

 

REFRESH AND REINFORE

After you finish reading each of your books, you'll write an essay that is connected to it--with the writing genre and format (MLA, APA, and Chicago) changing, essay to essay.

  • Eight writing assignments (approximately one per month) are planned to help you reinforce what you know and explore writing modes you may not yet have seen.

  • Colleges--and academic disciplines within them--have their own formatting and citation preferences, so you'll get the chance to explore and practice the nuts and bolts of MLA, APA, and Chicago conventions.

It's unlikely you'll need help navigating the grammar weeds, but your instructor will "meet you" wherever you are in your writing journey to help you strengthen your skills and rise to the next level.

A YEAR-LONG CONVERSATION

Your Moodle classroom will be home base. That's where you will receive instruction and interact with your instructor and classmates. In weekly, on-going text-based discussion forums, you'll get to know the other college-bound seniors in your class.

  • You will participate in weekly conversations that zoom in on news and issues that are of interest and importance to you.

  • You'll draw your topics from the major newspaper and nationally-renowned magazine you choose to subscribe to, and your classmates will select from the publications they have chosen to read. That way you'll pass the baton, week to week, to other classmates who will offer up their own news or informational articles for consideration.

 

While the conversation with your classmates will be active, forum participation expectations will be set at a reasonable level so that the time commitment is relatively small and the interaction welcome and enjoyable.

Advanced Senior English has been designed to maximize a core benefit of home schooling --> choice. Join a class of interesting, talented students from across the country, and tailor your senior year of English to focus on what matters most to you! 

 

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